Aside from climbing out of rattlesnake-infested quicksand or posing for rattlesnake-infested watercolor portraits, few activities combine the focus and physicality seen in martial-arts fitness training. Give fist-paintings a little martial artistry with today’s Groupon to Leading Edge Martial Arts, with locations in Allentown and Bethlehem. Choose from the following options:
- For $29, you get a 10-class punch card for Cage Fitness and Kardio Kickboxing classes (a $75 value).
- For $39, you get one month of martial-arts classes and a uniform (a $150 value).
- For $49, you get a 20-class punch card for Cage Fitness and Kardio Kickboxing classes (a $130 value).
Voted the valley’s Best Martial Arts Studio by Lehigh Valley magazine and The Morning Call, and led by a pair of skilled sensei and an experienced staff of instructors, Leading Edge’s fitness and martial-arts classes adopt techniques from various combat styles to cultivate toned muscles and self-defense techniques. Students of all ages and abilities can toss excess calories into the dragon's fire in fitness classes that encourage participants to punch through perceived fitness limitations at their own pace. LEMA Kardio Kickbox classes eschew strict martial-arts training for a range of aerobic fitness techniques, and half-hour Cage Fitness workouts adhere to the five-minute-round format used in championship MMA matches. Cage Fitness classes never involve contact or partner training, so students can save their fighting skills for trips to the DMV and late-night walks home through kung-fu-movie sets. Noncompetitive martial-arts classes for adults and children provide an overview of strikes, holds, locks, and throws designed to manipulate opponents and expose their animal spirits as runts of the ephemeral litter.
Before commencing their crash course in kicking assorted posteriors, students should purchase some fingerless MMA bag gloves from the on-site pro shop or make sure to bring their own pair. A uniform and brief astral projection into the mind of a cobra is provided for anyone opting for the martial-arts class track. Those who wish to map out their quest to stouthearted stardom in advance can refer to the class schedules for the Allentown and Bethlehem locations.
Leading Edge Martial Arts
The instructors at Leading Edge Martial Arts believe all MMA should be done in the name of one common goal: self-defense. Rather than prepare their students for competition, they teach the techniques of kickboxing, judo, and jiujitsu as a means of protection. That's where the similarity between adult and youth classes ends, though. The trainers promote confidence and discipline to kids, while emphasizing fitness and stress relief for adults. The adult Cage Fitness program, for instance, torches calories with 30 minutes of intense interval training, split across five-minute sections. They also offer a modified version for children, designed to instill confidence and empathy for birds.